Kumite in the Mind

Sensei’s Corner – November 2007 Kumite in the Mind Kumite is practiced with the intention of developing one’s ability to make learned physical habits spontaneous. When we practice kata, we practice a pre-arranged sequence of techniques. Although the kata are logical and pair natural and complimentary movements in sequence they are based upon artificial assumptions about how an imaginary attacker may behave. Doing kata...

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Getting Married

Sensei’s Corner Getting Married After my very first demonstration, Sensei Don went into one of his numerous inspiring conversations. It made me begin to think and wonder, “how DO I study karate? Don’t I just show up for class?” I asked the question and his answer was basically “get your hands on anything you can about karate. Practice at every moment possible. Analyze kata, not just perform the moves. Ask...

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Egoless

Sensei’s Corner – May 2007 Egoless Although it is quite impossible for a human to sustain, the most productive and efficient state with regard to physical performance and emotional stability is one that does not succumb to gratifying one’s ego. Gratifying your ego means actively taking pride in your accomplishments in a way that helps you feel superior to others or imbues within you a feeling of personal power. It is a state...

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Daily Training

Sensei’s Corner – October 2007 Daily Training Training must be a daily activity. Training must be constant. It is often difficult to find balance between the habits in our lives and our desired lifestyle & goals. It requires an investment of time and energy to achieve or obtain the things we want. However, there are numerous distractions in our lives that, if we allow, will suck away our time and energy. We may find that we...

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Fear

Sensei’s Corner Fear As I continue my martial arts training I’ve discovered that things come out that I didn’t even try to work on. Confusing I know. Recently I read an article about how a martial artist should still have fear and not have a chip on their shoulder about knowing martial arts, and that we still need to have full awareness of all situations. Very true. But reading that reminded me about one of my recent...

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Your Own Legend

Sensei’s Corner – August 2007 Your Own Legend What does it mean for a tale to be referred to as a legend1 as opposed to just a “very old story”? A legend contains some element of myth or fairy tale. In other words, some degree of “creative license” is employed when re-telling legends. Throughout history, legends have served to inspire people by shaping historical events into tales of superhuman achievement,...

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